Pluto Retrograde Effects
Pluto is a brutal master. He is unrivaled in his ability to break down structured existence, which is what most folks mean to say when they invoke that holiest of terms, 'transformation.' If Uranus breaks and Neptune dissolves, Pluto destroys; he is an atomic bomb to Neptune's mists and Uranus' lightning bolts.
Pluto's less than savory associations are many, covering everything from society's underbelly to death, abuse, control, meaningless loss, and the resulting existential crises. Pluto transits, including Pluto's retrograde transits, can deliver us to and from the brink of our subconscious, suspending us above the yawning chasms of our deepest, darkest selves. Most of us have areas within us where this dark stuff churns, that inner compost pile where we send the unpretty thoughts to lie still and be quiet....
When Pluto retrogrades, we are given an opportunity to dive below the surface and better acquaint ourselves with this psychic, subconscious material. Because Pluto is an incredibly slow-moving planet, transits from Pluto to a natal planet may last three years or more. This is one key reason that Pluto retrograde transits are important—very easily, Pluto transits can dominate entire years of our lives. If one of our natal planets is caught in the cross-hairs of Pluto's retrograde stations, the effects may be particularly intense and long-lasting.